Jennifer Esposito and CBS are locked in a war of words that have the actress’ future with the network and hit show Blue Bloods to be in doubt.
After CBS announced her character, Detective Jackie Curatola was being written off the show due to Esposito’s “limited” availabilty.
“Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement. “As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.”
“CBS put me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac,” the 39 year-old actress tweeted.
“CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off, my doc said I could return to work but CBS implied that I was nottruly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise!”
“It’s been almost two months without bringing me back to work and keeping me from working anywhere else! Absolutely shameful behavior.”
Esposito’s filmed her last episode back in August. After she collapsed on set, she hasn’t been asked back. Her final show airs November 2nd.
CBS is leaving the door open for Esposito’s return, although it seems less likely now.
“[Jennifer] is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future,” the network’s statement said.
Actress Megan Ketch will be Det. Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) temporary partner.
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